Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline concentrating on musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders and their effects on a patient’s overall health. It’s hands-on and drug-free approach that’s complementary to other forms of health care. Chiropractic doctors are skilled medical diagnosticians who readily refer patients to other health care providers when chiropractic treatment isn’t the best option for a condition. Chiropractic care is conservative and non-invasive, focusing on the mechanics and mobility of the body, aiming to restore balance and encouraging its natural healing systems. More than simply spinal adjustments, chiropractic care also uses therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise, massage, nutrition counseling, and a range of other treatments and therapies that support the natural healing philosophy.
Chiropractic is a safe, non-invasive, drug-free treatment for neuromusculoskeletal disorders. There’s very little risk involved with chiropractic treatment. Pain relief is often immediate for conditions suited to chiropractic care. Occasionally, stiffness, soreness, and aches may follow a treatment, as though the patient has done some form of exercise. These effects typically dissipate within a day, and the treated condition sees improvement.
Some people are uncomfortable about the sound or feeling of the “cracking” associated with spinal manipulation. This noise, called joint cavitation, is sometimes a byproduct of spinal manipulation. Bubbles of nitrogen gas are released from spaces between joints, creating the sound. The cracking sound isn’t needed for an effective adjustment, and there are many treatment techniques that reduce the chance of joint cavitation occurring.
Traditionally, chiropractic adjustments and joint mobilizations are performed manually, though assistive devices are often used. The various twists, turns, and stretches performed are chosen based on the complaint being treated and a preliminary examination of joint condition. Dr. Pinto adapts the procedures to each patient’s needs and current condition.
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